November 19th, 2013
05:09 PM ET
6 years ago

Congressman charged with cocaine possession

Washington (CNN) - Rep. Trey Radel is due in D.C. superior court Wednesday, charged with misdemeanor cocaine possession after an October 29 arrest, according to court documents.

The 37 year-old Florida Republican is serving his first term in Congress after winning office last November.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office said Tuesday that the charges come with a maximum 180 day imprisonment and/or $1,000 fine.

“I'm profoundly sorry to let down my family, particularly my wife and son, and the people of Southwest Florida," Radel said in a statement released by his office. "I struggle with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”

“However, this unfortunate event does have a positive side. It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling. I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

Radel is a former journalist and TV news anchor.

"Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts," a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. "Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents."

–CNN's Deirdre Walsh, Alison Harding and Greg Seaby contributed to this report.

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soundoff (385 Responses)
  1. Walt

    Ah, a Republican.

    Knew they must be high, they way they act and vote in Congress.

    November 20, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. MAC

    Once Again, Congress is above the law. Any other federal employee would be fired for a drug offense.

    November 20, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Dan

    He and Joe Ford should get together and party

    November 20, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Was he a TV news anchor for Fox News?

    November 20, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  5. txan

    Oops, "I was caught, and now I'm putting a positive spin on it to save my seat in congress so I can continue to wreck the economy and foster racial hatred." LOL

    November 20, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Griff-Griff

    Now we are back to the crack versus powdered cocaine penalty debate. Why is the penalty greater for crack than the powder, which, by-the-way, the Republican dominated congress voted into law?? And I agree with another blogger who said that the same Republican dominated congress voted to drug test all welfare recipients. They will never vote to drug test themselves, but will try to hang a pro athlete for using steroids. What a country!!!

    November 20, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |

    First of all..."Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards"....hahaha...and ha.
    Kick him out before he has perminent income and total healthcare for life...

    November 20, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  8. Odo

    We should drug test ALL of Congress!

    November 20, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. danita

    oh no... another crackhead

    November 20, 2013 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. Charlie

    Yay! This beats Toronto mayor Rob Ford, now I can smile because I was so embarassed about him, but this guys Trey Radel beat him.

    November 20, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Willis Taylor

    This guy voted for welfare recipient to submit to a drug test>

    November 20, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. ART

    Maybe since he's been drinking what the Koch brothers have been handing out ,he decided to go get his own

    November 20, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. ART

    Oh and who says Rethuglicans in congress are good for nothing? Seems like they are good for something snorting coke and saying no and obstructing

    November 20, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Pete

    Another worthless Congressman. Is there anyone in politics today with integrity??

    November 20, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  15. Scrape

    This guy wanted to drug test food stamp recipients. We vote for morons.

    November 20, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. dsmidiman

    I'm so tired of politicians, celebrities, and people with money getting away with doing things that if anyone else did them they would be chastised in public opinion and thrown in jail!!! They all do the same thing when they know they are caught red handed and have no way of "getting out of it" They apologize and make these "heart felt" comments about family and ethics and expect the law and everyone else to "forgive" them and leave them alone. Just like that Mayor, this guy needs to be immediately removed from his position and the law needs to deal with him just like they would deal with the homeless guy hiding in an alley some where taking a hit off a crack pipe!! These people have no business governing and making laws that ALL of us have to live by. And we all wonder why this country is in such bad shape!!

    November 20, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. dkc2001

    Does Obamacare cover Alcoholism? I'm sure most Republicans would use up their deductible after 3 months in office.

    November 20, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. conrad

    Come on he's from Florida, we all do coke here. I mean it's like a Californian being caught smoking a joint, or a politician being caught with cocaine...

    November 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Say ain't so!

    Uh huh....just one Congressman? Really?

    November 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Priest

    Trey Radel was also involved in allegations about a domain business he owned which included several Spanish porn names. Nothing came of it, but I think this will.

    He married a beautiful TV anchor, I think it was WINK TV in SW Florida. Poor gal, she was a knock-out and ended up with this loser with a big mouth and no morals.

    November 20, 2013 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. lvsingleton

    You have a wife, a child and represent an entire state. Grow up and quit being an irresponsible, pathetic, waste of space.

    November 20, 2013 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. JenniferJustice

    Resign and get out of politics you hypocrate! Passing bills and voting to punish the impoverished for having a vice you have yourself. No sympathy, no support. Get out! We're sick and tired of the self-righteousness, grand standing, and basic prejudice against the indigent. If the purpose of prosecuting drug users is to increase income through the court system, I suggest you pass a bill that grants authority to the judges of such cases to issue fines according to household income and stature within the community. It seems the most effective method of maintaining the law is to hit where it hurts the most and in the cases of those in power, that would be your wallet and your ego!

    November 20, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. rick

    These people who represent our country should be beyond reproach. No drugs of any kind,(other than to help an illness). No skeletons in their closet. No criminal record of any kind. Look at Ford. Do we need this kind of politician running our country for us? If we did this kind of thing at work, we would be fired on the spot.

    November 20, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Mmmkay

    Stick a fork in him, he's DONE!

    November 20, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Greg

    He's not going to overcome it.

    November 20, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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